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The Met Heralds New Premieres and Commissions From an Exciting and Diverse Group of Artists


Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones. Photo: Eric Woolsey / Opera Theatre of St. Louis

The Met is brimming with enthusiasm as the company prepares to return to the opera house with one of its strongest seasons yet. We will have Met premieres of three contemporary works in 2021–22, opening with Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Grammy Award–winning jazz composer and musician Terence Blanchard, with a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons—the company’s first performances of an opera by a Black composer. It is based on the memoir by New York Times columnist Charles Blow about his coming of age in rural Louisiana.

The other new works are Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice, with a libretto by Sarah Ruhl, and Brett Dean’s Hamlet, set to a libretto by Matthew Jocelyn. Other highlights include a first for the Met with five women conductors taking the podium, including debuts by Eun Sun Kim and Nathalie Stutzmann, and the return of Jane Glover, Karen Kamensek, and Susanna Mälkki.

The Met’s commitment to weaving stories and fresh interpretations from new voices into our repertory extends well into the future through the company’s commissioning program. Upcoming seasons will include Missy Mazzoli’s Lincoln in the Bardo, based on the captivating novel by George Saunders. It features a large cast and explores complex themes such as fatherhood, grief, and the afterlife. We also look forward to Jeanine Tesori’s Grounded, based on George Brant’s play about a fighter pilot reassigned to operating drones during her pregnancy. Also in the works is Mason Bates’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Klay, based on Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel. It is a co-commission with maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s Philadelphia Orchestra.

We know you share our goal of supporting excellence in opera for generations to come. Whether you enjoy new works; love classic productions of Verdi, Puccini, and Wagner; or delight in an eclectic mix, we know the future of the art form is of great importance to you. To explore ways to support the Met’s future in your will or other estate plans, please contact Pamela Bennett at 212-870-7388 and to learn more.